How to Take Care of Twins After Birth?
Conceiving twins is a double delight. How fortunate mothers feel one pregnancy to produce two babies! However it’s also a double duty. Having twins demands mother’s double portion of energy, dedication, wisdom, creativity, planning, multitasking and patience all in one pot.
The following are the tips to handle twins:
Sync Up their Schedules
Experts agree that one of the fundamental tips is syncing up twins’ schedules. “When one infant wakes up to feed, wake the other one up as well." Do not worry about disturbing the sleep of the other twin. Also, getting yourself a twin nursing pillow would be a good idea to make feedings easier.
Mother needs to schedule every task, so if required create a timetable which will be helpful for your commencing days. It's common to have one baby sleeping and the other not get sleep, and sounds of one baby wake the other. If one baby didn’t get sleep, try for some more time and put him to sleep. If one of them makes noise and disturbs the other don’t panic, let the other also wake up. By the next nap time or sleep time, they will both fall asleep without much effort from you. Soon they will also learn to sleep with each other sounds not disturbing them.
Opt for Online Shopping
Having twins means you are going to be running out of essential items at lighting fast speed. Diapers, wipes, formula, bathing supplies, diaper rash cream, and so forth. You are not going to want to run to the store every time you run out of one of those items. Therefore ordering online and in bulk is going to be an easier and cheaper alternative in the long run.
Wear Cozy Outfit
The first few weeks after delivery can be so busy and tired. Sometimes you may not even have the energy to pop a pair of jeans and a blouse on in the morning. Grab yourself a pair or two of comfortable yoga pants, some tee shirts, and casual oversized loose dress.
Join Mother's Group
Being a first-time mom is challenging. You may encounter postpartum and nursing problems that you cannot figure out. Don't keep your problems to yourself. Finding the right group(s), and you may be surprised that many undergoes the similar situations like yours. You can swap all kinds of stories and maybe even get some tips on parenting twins.
Sleep When They Sleep
One of the important tips is for postnatal mother to seize every opportunity to rest. When your sweet little ones are finally fast asleep, take the opportunity for yourself to get in bed as well! Close your eyes and get that rest while you can! Remember to have the baby monitor right next to you, so you’re able to hear when they wake up.
Track the Twins' Activities
You should track things like sleep patterns, bowel movements, their feeding habits, how much they eat, and if they are taking medicine, how much and when they have taken it last, and so on. Maintain a notebook to track their activities, it will make your pediatrician's work a lot more easier and your effort will be much appreciated!
Have One-On-One With Each Twin
Twins look alike. You may feed them the same thing at the same time, but you just couldn't assume they would have the same bowel schedule too. If you are always around both of your little ones, you will never get a chance to know them as individuals. Spend some quality time with each twin. This will give you a chance to bond with each one of them, separately. You will be able to get a sense of their personality and what makes them unique as a little person. You will get a feeling of what their personalities and what their likes and dislikes are. After all, twins are still their own people.